PHI 100 Module 2 Homework Assignment (Allied American University)
1.Suppose that you were convinced that only objective time is real. Would this reduce your anxieties about aging, dying, or losing what you love? Why or why not?
2.Is it possible that nothing else exists in the universe besides you? Is it possible that the people and things you see around you are all products of your own mind, much like a dream? How could you show that other things exist in the universe besides you and your ideas?
3.Imagine that you are placed into a machine that stimulates your brain, making you think that your life is going wonderfully well, while all the time you are simply attached to an "Experience Machine" in a basement. Given that you could not tell that your life was illusory, would you choose to enter this machine, or not? Explain.
4.In what way might our language be said to create our world? Drawing on your answer to this question, what practical implications do you think it could have - if any - for social change? If you believe that your answer has no such implications, explain why.
PART II: Research Paper I